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I'm 33 weeks' pregnant. At my 18 week ultrasound, the report said that the baby's left thigh was shorter than the other, there was an echogenic spot on the heart and the left kidney was dilated, all which increase the risk of my baby having Down Syndrome. Having been shipped off to the fetal specialist for another scan, he ruled out the short leg and heart spot (thus virtually greatly lowering the risk of Down Syndrome), however, the left kidney is dilated as it's not draining properly. The Down Syndrome bit is still at the back of my mind and if the kidney doesn't correct itself the baby may need to be delivered early and go through dye injections/catheters so that an ultrasound can be done to work out where the blockage is. The right kidney is fine. This has put a bit of a strain on our family and we won't know anymore until the baby comes, so it's a bit of a waiting game. Have not been able to enjoy this pregnancy much. Anyone else with a similar experience? How did/do you feel?????

Angela, NSW

Hi Angela,

Just wanted to let you know i am thinking of all of you!

Things seem only to be improving on the diagnostic front, so hopefully everything will turn out great!

Being 33wks, you are now getting closer to having a fine outcome if the baby is born early! With all the technology around today, and knowing of this in advance has put you into a great position!

Hoping for a perfect outcome for you,
Tepe

PS Hope to hear how things go!

DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

Hi Angela
I understand what your going through. My nephew was diagnosed at 33 weeks with having kidney problems, with having had a perfect 19 wk ultrasound. He is now nearly 2 & yes he has had problems but in his 30 wk ultrasound 1 kidney wasn't functioning at all & the other not very much. People can survive on 1 kidney, I have a firnd who was only born with 1 & has had a child and eveything was fine. Not that this may give you much comfort but hopefully all will be fine. I know you probably won;t sleep well between now & your baby's birth but with the doctors knowing that there might be a problem they will be onto it from the birth rather than waiting for any problems that may arise afterwards.

I also had a scare with my nuchal translucency scan with the chance of having Down's child being 1:13. We had to wait 3-4 wks before I could have an amnio. The wait, as you know was worse than anything. Luckily everything is fine & our baby girl is due in approx 2 weeks.

I wish you well with your baby & hope that all will turn out ok. Sometimes all our early tests can cause more heartache & lack of sleep when there is nothing wrong.

Good luck
Regards
Tracey

Mum 4 1/2 boy & baby girl 12 months (on Dec 21st)

Thanks, Tepe and Tracey for your feedback. Now have 4 weeks to go and the children's kidney specialist is letting me go full term as things are no better, but no worse, either. Plenty of amniotic fluid is around the baby and the right kidney is functioning normally. The only thing that MIGHT not let me go full term is the fact that the doctor has had to increase my dosage for high blood pressure which has just started to go up again last week. Will keep you posted......Angela smile

Angela, NSW

Dear Tepe and Tracey, thanks again for your encouragement. On 14 Jan I gave birth to our 2nd daughter, Rachel Irene, who is beautiful and a great sleeper!!! No other problems or abnormalities, either. The paediatrician ran an ultrasound and says that the dilatation is only mild and will probably go away by itself. We have to keep Rachel on Keflex for a little while until we go back to see him in a week or so.

Angela, NSW

Hi
I am so glad for you that everything worked out. My heart sank when I read your first post just then.

Then I was so glad you wrote an up date for us. Sorry I didn't see this before. Lucky there was Tepe and Tracey for support.

Every mother would feel for what you had to go through.

Pauline

mum of 3

Hi There,

I only just read your post and was so pleased with your outcome. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl. All that worry and everything is fine. You are obviously a great mum.

I wish you all the best for the future with your 2 daughters.

Michelle smile
Hi Angela,

A big congratulations to you and your family on the birth of Rachel! What a relief to find out the problem is small, and will hopefully correct itself!

Hope the results just keep getting better, keep us updated,

Take care,
Tepe

DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

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